American Anthems [Sony]

CMG’s triple-disc set American Anthems is a weird hodgepodge of songs about America, songs from American rockers, songs from British rockers, songs from Canadian rockers, songs that are staples on album rock radio, songs that were big on adult contemporary charts in the ‘90s, and songs that reached the country charts recently, plus a couple songs that were never really hits in the first place. In other words, it’s a mess conceptually, but as a sampler of hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s it’s pretty entertaining, provided that you’re willing to skip through the handful of duds that pepper this 60-track set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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